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(May 02, 2008) On March 19, 2008, the Russian Federation's Federal Agency on Telecommunications Supervision (analogous to the FCC in the United States) issued a regulation that restricts the use of personal computer routing devices and provides for mandatory registration of all Wi-Fi equipment according to the procedure established for radio broadcast systems with state distribution of frequencies available for Internet users. (Wi-Fi, from "wireless fidelity," is a popular wireless technology and standard for local area networks used in mobile phones, video games, home networks, and the like.) The restriction applies to all laptop computers, portable communications devices, and even mobile telephones if they can be used for wireless Internet reception. Refusal to register the equipment and obtain a permit for using the allocated radio frequency is punishable by a fine and confiscation of the equipment. The registration is to be conducted within ten days of submission of the application. The permit will be issued individually to the owner of the equipment. In the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, the registration is to be confirmed with local departments of the Federal Security Service. Special rules are introduced for installation of computer routers and Wi-Fi networks in residential quarters. (Regulation No. 62/4002 of Mar. 19, 2008, of the Federal Agency on Telecommunications Supervision, ST. PETERSBURG BUSINESS GUIDE (last visited Mar. 21, 2008).)

Author: Peter Roudik More by this author
Topic: Communications More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Russia More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 05/02/2008